Baby Center News & Features
- Researchers Discover Brain Abnormalities in Babies Who Had SIDS
May 25, 2023 — Researchers have discovered specific brain abnormalities in babies who died of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
- New Moms Breastfed Longer During Pandemic
May 22, 2023 — New research shows new moms tended to breastfeed their babies about two weeks longer than usual during the shelter-in-place period early in the COVID pandemic.
- Should All U.S. Newborns Undergo Genomic Testing?
May 9, 2023 — A national survey of experts in rare diseases found the vast majority support DNA sequencing in healthy newborns.
- Baby Hair Care: Tips for Natural Hair, From Doctors
How to take care of your baby’s natural hair: Find out what a dermatologist and a doctor say.
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths for Black Families Rose in 2020
March 13, 2023 — Sudden unexplained infant deaths among Black families went up sharply in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to research conducted by the CDC that was published in the journal Pediatrics.
- Ways to Make Parenting More Accessible
Parenting a baby when you have a physical disability can make some tasks tricker. This is what parents say helps.
- Abbott Recalls Similac Formula for Faulty Bottle Caps
October 17, 2022 — Abbott is recalling Similac baby formula made at a factory in Columbus, OH., because of bottle caps that may not seal properly -- an action not related to an earlier recall of formula from a plant in Sturgis, MI.
- Lockdown Babies Appear Slower to Meet Milestones, Study Says
October 12, 2022 — Babies born during the first COVID-19 lockdown are meeting fewer developmental milestones, as compared with those born before the pandemic, according to a new study from Ireland published in Archives of Disease in Childhood.
- Microplastics Found in Human Breast Milk
October 10, 2022 — Microplastics have been detected in human breast milk for the first time, according to a new study published in Polymers.
- Experts Debate Infant Chiropractic Care on TikTok
September 16, 2022 — Several chiropractors in the U.S. are posting TikTok videos of themselves working with newborns, babies, and toddlers, often promoting treatments that aren’t backed by science.
- Reduced Lactose Baby Formula May Raise Risk of Obesity Later
September 8, 2022 — Beware of infant formula you’re giving your baby. A new study showed a moderate association between low-lactose formulas made of corn syrup solids and obesity in two-, three-, and four-year-olds.
- Abbott to Start Making Similac Baby Formula Again
August 29, 2022 — Abbott Nutrition is resuming production of Similac, its leading baby formula, at a Michigan plant that was shut down earlier this year due to contamination concerns.
- J&J to Stop Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder Globally
August 12, 2022 — Johnson & Johnson will stop worldwide sales of its talc-based baby powder – the subject of numerous lawsuits – and switch to cornstarch-based powder.
- This Teen Helped Newborns During the Early Pandemic Days
July 13, 2022 — When Bryn Hammock learned that the babies in her local hospital’s NICU could only spend 2 hours a day with their parents due to COVID-19 restrictions early in the pandemic, the 18-year-old, who lives in Atlanta, wanted to find a way to help.
- Fisher-Price, Feds Issue Baby Rocker Warning After 13 Deaths
June 15, 2022 — Heads up, parents: Fisher-Price and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said this week that between 2009 and 2022, at least 13 infants died after falling asleep in the company’s rockers.
- Abbott Baby Formula Plant in Michigan Reopens
June 6, 2022 — The Abbott baby formula factory in Sturgis, Mich., has reopened, a move that could ease the nationwide baby formula shortage.
- What Is a Lactation Massager?
A handheld lactation massager may be used to help someone who’s breastfeeding and has clogged ducts or engorged breasts, but old-fashioned remedies may be better.
- Soothing Your Baby’s Reflux
When is spitting up normal, and when is it a problem? A pediatrician and parent who’s been there share their wisdom.
- How to Wean Your Baby From a Pacifier
Step by step tips on how to wean your baby from a pacifier.
- How to Get Diapers If You Can't Afford Them
Learn about the resources and help available to parents and families who can't afford baby diapers.
- Alternatives to Breastfeeding
For whatever reason, sometimes breastfeeding isn’t the best option for new moms. Find out what alternatives are available to you for your baby.
- Tips for Breastfeeding: What I Wish I Knew
Does it come naturally? Is it easy? Will my nipples hurt? How do I know if I’m doing it right? Learn what to expect when breastfeeding.
- Making Baby Part of Your New Mom Workout
You’ve made it through labor and delivery, and now you're ready to get back into prebaby shape. Why not make your baby part of your post-pregnancy fitness routine? Just be sure to check with your doctor first.
- How to Prepare for a Baby: What I Wish I Knew
Parents share what they wish they’d known before they brought their newborn home.
- Early Skin-to-Skin Contact Helps Baby's Brain
Research suggests that skin-to-skin contact in the first few months of an infant's life can play a key role in baby’s development.
- Preventing Eczema in Babies With Dry Skin
In babies, eczema usually shows up as an itchy, red patch on the cheeks, chin, or scalp and the front of arms and legs. If you see these signs, doctors recommend the “soak and seal” method.
- What to Expect From Your First Pregnancy Ultrasound
Your first pregnancy ultrasound offers an early peek inside the womb, and a chance to learn a bit more about your baby’s well-being and expected due date.
- When to Call a Pediatrician
When you're the parent of a baby, it's sometimes hard to know whether to call the doctor if your baby gets sick. Get tips and learn signs to watch for.
- Don’t Overuse Baby Food Pouches, Experts Warn
Child health experts say overusing baby food pouches could potentially breed poor eating habits and stunt development of feeding skills and motor coordination at a critical stage of life.
- What Really Happens When You Have Twins (or More)
The birth of twins or triplets can be joyful but overwhelming. A medical doctor and mother of twins offers advice on navigating the first few months.
- Monitors Can Watch Baby's Breathing, but at What Risk?
A new type of baby monitor checks sleeping children’s vital signs. But a pediatricians group says it found no evidence they help prevent SIDS in healthy babies, and a study says the monitors are often inaccurate.
- The Very Real Risk of Using Baby Walkers
A recent study says about 2,000 babies visit emergency rooms each year with walker-related injuries; an injury research expert warns about their dangers.
- Four Steps to Make Shots Easier for Your Baby
Shots can be a major cause of stress for babies and their parents, but a four-step pain-relief routine can ease Baby’s discomfort.
- SIDS 'may have a genetic link'
March 29, 2018 — Babies who die from cot death are more likely to have rare genetic mutations that cause them to have weaker breathing muscles, according to a new study.
- Warning on baby sleep products
March 12, 2018 — They may seem like a good idea and be sold by trusted brands, but there are warnings today that baby sleep nests and pods can increase the risk of cot death.
- Shopping vouchers 'boost breastfeeding rates'
December 11, 2017 — Offering shopping vouchers to new mothers could increase the numbers prepared to breastfeed, a study has found.
- Baby-led weaning 'does not increase choking risk'
December 8, 2017 — Babies who are allowed to feed themselves during weaning from as young as 6 months are no more at risk of choking than those weaned during the traditional spoon-feeding approach, a study suggests.
- Babies to be screened for rare inherited condition
December 7, 2017 — The go ahead has been given for a trial to screen newborns for severe combined (SCID).
- Stressed babies 'may not show they're in pain'
December 1, 2017 — Doctors and nurses may not be able to reliably tell whether young babies being treated in hospital are in pain merely by observing how they behave, say UK researchers.
- Breastfeeding mums 'forge stronger bonds'
October 30, 2017 — Breastfeeding may help you bond more closely with your baby, with the effects seen for several years, a study suggests.
- Baby talk 'more complex than previously thought'
October 13, 2017 — The timbre of a mother's voice may play a vital role in baby talk, research suggests
- Do baby advice books make mums depressed?
October 3, 2017 — There's no shortage of books with advice for parents about how to cope with a new baby in the house. But do those authors make life easier for new mums or leave them feeling inadequate and dejected when things don't work out as they hoped?
- Three-quarters of parents lack key first aid skill
September 8, 2017 — Three out of 4 parents in the UK would be unable to save their baby from choking, according to research by the British Red Cross.
- Concerns raised over baby boxes
August 3, 2017 — A charity wants parents to be aware that baby boxes do not mean a reduced risk of cot deaths in babies.
- UK lagging behind on breastfeeding
August 1, 2017 — Mixed messages and social stigma are at the heart of the UK's low breastfeeding rate, say experts
- Hepatitis B added to routine baby jabs
August 1, 2017 — Babies born from 1st August will be given a new 6-in-1 vaccine to protect against hepatitis B
- Illegal levels of arsenic found in baby rice
May 5, 2017 — Nearly three-quarters of rice-based foods specifically marketed for infants and young children contain higher levels of arsenic than are permitted under a new EU law, a study has found.
- Babies cry most in UK, Canada and Italy: Study
April 4, 2017 — Babies in the UK cry more than those in a number of comparable countries, say psychologists.
- Baby Furniture: What You Need, What Can Wait
There are all kinds of furniture you can buy to deck out your nursery. Learn what you’ll really need and what’s optional.